Workplace

3 Key Reasons Your Wellness Program is Sick

Deri Latimer | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada
Deri Latimer

Does your organization have a wellness program? I'll bet you do - in some form or another. Most organizations do -- or at least they say they do. Chances are good that your wellness program, no matter how elaborate or simple, is not delivering the outcomes you had hoped. There are 3 key reasons for that:

Where Have All the Female Lawyers Gone?

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

Women now constitute nearly half of the North American workforce, and in nearly half of households all adults work, but the business model of most Canadian law firms has not evolved to reflect this significant social change. A change in management approach is clearly needed.

The Right Way to Deal With Workplace Bullies

Dr. Meghan Walker | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Business
Dr. Meghan Walker

If you are a victim of workplace bullying, you need to read the wisdom of Seth Godin, outlined: The way to work with a bully is to take the ball and go home. First time, every time. When there's no ball, there's no game. Bullies hate that. So they'll either behave so they can play with you or they'll go bully someone else.

Sticky Situation: Should I Tell My Intern She Smells?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 03.06.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

I just came across your website. I was looking for a solution on Google for "how to tell an intern that she stinks." She also wears the same clothes, every day, for the entire week. I am responsible for the retail counter in an aesthetic clinic. I have never been faced with this sticky situation; to tell or not to tell an employee that she smells.

Five Tips to Warm Up to Winter

Deri Latimer | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Focus on what you are looking forward to every day (not what you are dreading, not that your car might not start at the end of the day, not that you are dreading the slow ride home, etc.). Throughout the day (during breaks is a great time), ask yourself 'What went well so far today?' Then, pause and enjoy the experience.

A Beauty Premium Exists at Work - Get Used To It

Leah Eichler | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Business
Leah Eichler

I'm ready to drop the charade that looks don't count. They do. It pays to look good and the sooner we accept that appearances tell a story that affects our professional success, the less guilty we'll feel about being vain.

How to Make Your Workplace Fitter, Happier, More Productive

Josh Bowman | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Business
Josh Bowman

I've worked in a lot of different office environments, both non-profit and for-profit. Some of these places were wonderful, fun, and I was sad to leave. Other workplaces were, quite frankly, toxic. Happy employees are productive employees (to paraphrase Radiohead). So here are some tips to give your staff some love. (Hint: Stressing out your employees is a great way to achieve turn-over and burn-out.)

Canadian Law Students Who Article Are Vulnerable to Abuse

Adam Dodek | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Business
Adam Dodek

I was concerned about Kate and I met with her in person. When she told me what was going on at her firm, it became clear that there was an element of sexual discrimination or harassment. Articling students facing such harassment have few choices. They could make a complaint to the Law Society, file a complaint under the firm's internal workplace harassment policy (assuming it exists), consult an employment lawyer or perhaps bring a human rights complaint. The power dynamics of articling make such options not particularly appealing to most students. So most would stick it out.

Three Tips for Moms to Balance Work and Family

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

Many women work full-time, juggle PTA meetings and still aim to put a nutritious meal on the dinner table. As a result, it is no surprise that many women are feeling the effects of being pulled in different directions. Here are some simple tips to help us deal with the incessant daily juggle.

Immunize Your Organization Against Negativity

Deri Latimer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business
Deri Latimer

So, if we can immunize ourselves from the nasty effects of influenza with a vaccine, what can you do to immunize yourself and your organization against negativity (that can absolutely be nasty and contagious and cost your organization time, energy, and money?

Stop Trying to Escape Workplace Happiness

r/ally | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
r/ally

How do we manage to get into so many situations that make us unhappy? It never ceases to amaze me how my career-driven friends and acquaintances continue to make choices they know will render them miserable. Admittedly, I'm not immune to this condition.

Are You Engaged at Work? Probably Not

r/ally | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
r/ally

Can you honestly say that you are happy at work? If you answered yes to that question then congratulations, you belong to a small demographic of gainfully employed individuals fully committed to their role at work. A new study released by Gallup on the State of the Global Workplace found that only one in eight workers worldwide -- or 13 percent -- feels "engaged."

Leadership is 10% Perspiration, 90% Inspiration

Barbara Morris-Blake | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Barbara Morris-Blake

OK, maybe the exact ratio isn't 10-90, but the point is that one of the most important traits of an effective leader is the ability to inspire others. If you aren't as inspiring a leader as you'd like to be, can you become more inspiring? Absolutely.

Great Leaders Inspire

Paula Pyne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Paula Pyne

At the Wisdom 2.0 Business conference, I experienced this raw honesty over and over. It was truly moving. At one point, there were over 200 diverse people, coming from various backgrounds, chanting OM together then revering the silence that came after. It wasn't our titles or egos or the performance of our last quarter that brought us together.

Gen Y: Self-Entitled or Underutilized Resources?

r/ally | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
r/ally

The Gen Y cohort of employees consistently mystifies and baffles many older employees, giving birth to an industry of experts and researchers who deem them lazy, self-entitled and in constant need of feedback. Is there any truth to this well-worn stereotype about Millennials?

Happy Employees Make for Innovative Businesses

Paula Pyne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Paula Pyne

Wellbeing has a place in business, in education, and in government. We know that when people are given the space and the nurturing to do what they are here to do, they naturally become more positive, joyous, and compassionate...and it's out of this place that innovation arises.

Four Keys to Manage Your Moods at Work

Deri Latimer | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Business
Deri Latimer

I believe that most of us would rather be in a 'good' (positive) mood, and we'd rather be working with people who are in a good mood too. Stress, overwhelming workloads, and the constant connection to technology seemingly required to function these days can cause the most calm of us to feel tense and anxious in short order. And that is costing us -- big time.  

What You Must Do to Be a Top Performer at Work

Barbara Morris-Blake | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Business
Barbara Morris-Blake

The fact is, many of us participate in learning activities without actually applying what we learn to what we do. We may sit in a seminar because we're expected to attend. But if we want to become more knowledgeable and skillful, improve our performance at work, advance in our careers, then we must be open to learning. We need to make four commitments.

Worrying Hurts Women's Career Chances: Study

r/ally | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada
r/ally

How do you react when faced with stress in the workplace? Do you take a step back to study the situation or do you charge full steam ahead? According to a new study, most female executives apparently retreat to analyze their options while their male counterparts charge right ahead and take charge. The study suggests that the approach women leaders take is detrimental to their career.

Do Women Need to Be Funnier in the Boardroom?

r/ally | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada Business
r/ally

According to the Telegraph, research by Aston University professor of applied linguistics Judith Baxter showed that female bosses are widely perceived to be not funny and most their attempts at humour are met with uncomfortable silence. Does this mean that women who aspire for corporate leadership have to practice their jokes in front of the mirror? Not necessarily.

Take a Picture, It'll Last Longer

Deri Latimer | Posted 10.10.2013 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

If you are at all like me -- and at times have inadvertently stared at someone else -- you likely heard the remark "Take A Picture, It'll Last Longer." Well, guess what! That experience and saying now has a whole new -- and positive -- connotation.  

How Mastery can Make you a Rock Star at Work

Sheldon Dyck | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada Alberta
Sheldon Dyck

American Idol. Maybe it's your favorite TV show ever. Maybe you think shows like it and The Voice -- with their Top 40 pandering and on-stage tears and warped "reality" -- are a cultural nightmare brought to prime-time life. Whether you're a fan of these pop-star factories or listen exclusively to Norwegian death metal doesn't really matter.

Return to Xanadu: The Joy of Co-working

Nancy A. Shenker | Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada Business
Nancy A. Shenker

About 40 years ago, I lived in a co-op (cooperative student housing) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. My home was aptly called Xanadu, a fo...

Five Tips for Mental Health Wellness at Work

Deri Latimer | Posted 07.03.2013 | Canada Business
Deri Latimer

Next week is Mental Health Week. So, take some time this month and look around your workplace. Ask yourself how you are doing. Ask your staff, co-workers, leaders, clients and suppliers how you are doing. Then, decide which of these 10 tips you might be able to begin implementing right away.

How To Be Happy At Work

Deri Latimer | Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada Impact
Deri Latimer

A month ago, I started really focusing on people who are happy at work. Everywhere I go, I pay attention to who is around me. Interested in creating more happiness at work? It starts by changing your thoughts. It starts by moving out of your thinking ruts, and into a new thinking groove. Here are some examples: